Apart from the local launches of the facelifted Subaru Forester, Chevrolet Sail, Hyundai Veloster Turbo, facelifted Mitsubishi Mirage, SsangYong Motors‘ PH return, and Kia’s first public appearance of the new Sportage, there were a few surprises at the 2016 Manila International Auto Show. For instance, Peugeot PH brought in the country the 308 GTI, the first and only one in the whole Asian continent, though this is not yet for sale, nor have they made any announcements for their intentions to sell the hot hatch.
Then there’s Ford’s Black Edition of the EcoSport, and the Ford Everest 2.2 Titanium with Premium pack. Essentially, this variant of the Everest makes all the Blind Spot Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, and all the other features of the 3.2 Titanium with Premium pack available in the 2.2 liter, non-AWD Titanium variant, because, let’s face it, not everyone buys the highest trim because of the powertrain or the AWD, but for the features.
Mitsubishi also gave a silent launch of the facelifted version of the Lancer EX, and this is probably the last facelift the Lancer will be receiving before the car ends its production cycle.
Mercedes-Benz also silently made the first public appearance of the facelifted Mercedes-Benz A-Class, and perhaps grabbing the most attention in Mercedes-Benz’s booth is the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45, which is done in an amazing coat of silver plus some orange highlights that actually make the car pretty interesting and head turning.
Of course, who wouldn’t take notice of the tuner displays at the tent beside the World Trade Center? Personally, I have a bias towards Japanese tuners, and it’s these cars, especially the Toyota 86 and Toyotoa Corolla AE92 that captured my attention.